Canaries to Cape Verde by JoJo

Passage Canaries to Cape Verde, January 2015

We have been late ever since we left England on 2nd September, last year. Most yachts leave the Canaries at the beginning of December for the Caribbean.  I did not want to cross the Atlantic until after Christmas so as to ensure that the trade winds were well settled in. So I did not particularly want to be early, but we now found ourselves in Mindelo, in Cape Verde in mid-February.  The main reason for this has been waiting for good weather windows.  Not perfect weather, but trying to avoid big swell and strong winds.  Despite this, we have had strong winds since leaving Madeira!
Arriving at Cape Verde.

Passage to Cape Verde and Mindelo by Lochlann

Passage Canaries to Cape Verde, January 2015

There was a lot of discussion in the family before leaving Las Palmas.  We talked about sailing back to Cornwall after the Caribbean, then renting out the house and leaving again as soon as possible. But first we had to get to the Carribean ASAP, ensuring that we could spend the maximum time there.
Sailing along towards the Cape Verde, on the last day as conditions moderate.